A swimming cap for afro hair has been approved for use in top-level competitions.
The specialised covering – designed for thick, curly hair and styles such as dreadlocks, weaves and braids – was banned from last year’s Olympics.
Manufacturer Soul Cap described the approval from governing body Fina as “a huge step in the right direction”.
“We’re excited to see the future of a sport that’s becoming more inclusive,” it said.
Fina executive director Brent Nowicki said the announcement “follows a period of review and discussion on cap design between Fina and Soul Cap over the past year”, in a statement reported by the Metro. More